Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised by Aldrich (1926)(1)
15 spp. in 5 subgenera in our area(2)
The basic color pattern of the abdomen is black with red on the sides. The red area can expand to cover the top of the abdomen (as in intermedia and nana) and is absent in a few species (atra, mirabilis, propusilla). There are white bands at bases of tergites, except in alticola. The bands of propusilla are strongly curved.
worldwide, incl. most of NA; several spp. transcontinental, but tend to be more diverse in the west(2)(3)
common flower visitor in open weedy areas
recorded hosts include various Pentatomidae, some moths, and unidentified Acrididae(2)